Santa Barbara Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Rosa Isl.
San Miguel Isl.
Santa Barbara, CA
The Channel Islands National Park (CINP) has five islands that make up the park. Anacapa & Santa Cruz
comprise the "local" islands while Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara Islands make up the "outer"
islands. Island Packers travels to all five islands.
We land at East Anacapa Island throughout the year at the Landing Cove and during certain days of the
year in winter and early spring when the tides are very low, Frenchy's Cove can be visited for tide pool
Santa Cruz Island has two destinations, Scorpion Ranch and Prisoners Harbor and we visit these
locations year round.
Seasonal trips to the more remote outer islands, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa and San Miguel are scheduled late
spring through early fall. Trips to Santa Barbara Island operate from April through October, landings at
San Miguel Island from May to October, and Santa Rosa Island from April to November.
There are no services on the islands, so please pack in what you will need for the day, including food and
water, and pack out all trash. Dress in layers for outdoor activity, and wear sturdy shoes for safety and
Certain sea conditions can prohibit landing at any time of the year. Our experienced captains will make these
decisions with your safety in mind.
There are many ways to enjoy your National Park and Marine Sanctuary. Hopefully your visit will leave you
inspired to learn more about the Channel Islands and visit again.
These islands are home to many species of unique plants and animals. Many of the endemic species, such as
the endangered Island Fox, are found only on the Channel Islands. You can help care for the unique, native
flora and fauna of the islands during your visit by following some simple precautions, and regulations &
things you may not bring.
- Leave your pets at home, they are not allowed on the islands as they could introduce diseases that the native
animals have no resistance to.
- If you have been camping or hiking in other areas, please check your boots and gear for seeds and clean
them off so you do not accidentally introduce a weed or invasive plant to the island.
- Take care not to toss organic matter like apple cores and other seedy foods onto the island, as this is
another way new species are introduced.
To learn more about island plant life visit the Wildflower Page on the CINP website. You can download a
species check list and color identification field guide. A bird watching list is available on the CINP website, or
you can download the Island Packers Bird List that includes some useful descriptive information to help you
with your identifications.
The waters that surround the islands are also part of the park and can add to the enjoyment of your visit.
The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary extends si x (6) miles out around each island, includes Marine
Protected areas and is administered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Adminstation. In these
reserves you may not fish or collect any living thing.
Click Marine Protected Reserves button below for more information or to download their maps. All intertidal
areas are protected and no collecting of any kind is allowed on the islands.
By treading lightly during your visit to the Channel Islands National Park and the Channel Islands National
Marine Sanctuary, they will remain special places for future generations.
Protecting Your National Park & National Marine Santuary
The Local Islands
The Outer Islands
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